One day after leaving Mexico, I hopped on a plane to Hawaii. I figured this destination was a great way to break up my travels (I’ll make up any excuse to go to Hawaii). I spent two weeks on this island and was joyfully reunited with one of my best friends, Amber.
We spent most of our time eating sushi or poke bowls and at the beach. More specifically, basking in the sun at Lanikai beach. My favorite part about this beach is the beautiful, soft, white sand. The clear blue water is also a little bit of a bonus. We swam, we saw turtles, and we got a tan.
Aside from eating and enjoying the clear beautiful water on Oahu, I am a huge fan of the incredible hiking this island has to offer. We ventured off on a hike that I will not name, but believe me, any hike on Oahu is worth doing. Just remember, don’t overdo it, and know your limits. We ended up free climbing directly vertical on roots and branches to reach our amazing waterfall destination. I have never done a hike on this beautiful island that I did not love.
Something you must do when on Oahu is visit the North Shore. It is unlike any other part of the island. The surf, the shore break, the beaches and the culture are some key differences. It is something you need to experience yourself. Also, don’t forget your garlic shrimp from the food truck!
Oahu is also home to the very famous long boarding wave at Waikiki. Of course, that was a stop for me as well. I have spent a bit of time on Oahu, but had never surfed that iconic wave before. WARNING: it is very crowded and very dangerous. Many people in the water do not know how to surf yet and may run into you, like what happened to me! Be careful and aware, my face hurt for a long time after surfing here…
Aside from the uncontrollable crowds in the water, you can find fun night-life near Waikiki. There’s a great place called Mexico Cantina not too far where they make pitaya, strawberry, and many other tropical flavored margaritas that adds a bit of Hawaii to the Mexican restaurant.
Also, the edge of the margaritas can be topped with Li-Hing-Mui (sound familiar?). Although, I would steer clear of their food. I am a huge Mexican food snob so maybe my standards are high, but I would not pay $14 again for their bean and cheese burrito, or any bean and cheese burrito for that matter.
Next stop: Fiji
by cayden edman
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